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2018 Tournament Results

Lake:Monroe Lake, Bloomington, IN

CUSA Pro Division Victory on Monroe Lake goes to Wyman and Raymer
(Tony and Gretchen Sherrill win the Amateur Division. )

Louisville, KY – May 19, 2018 – Crappie anglers from several states traveled to Monroe Lake near Bloomington, IN to participate in a Crappie USA (CUSA) tournament. Local and traveling anglers fished for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to compete at the 2018 CUSA Classic which will feature a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.

Monroe Lake angers fished in the rain and battled threatening thunder storms all day on tournament day. Winds were light at 3-8 mph and the air temperatures ranged in the 70s. Monroe is one of those lakes where anglers can use about any technique, from spider rigging to jig and float. That diversity makes it important to develop a good strategy for tournament day.

A total of 35 boats fished the event, 10 in the Pro Division and 15 in the Amateur Division. A total of $6,500 was distributed to the winners following the weigh-in at the Cutright State, Recreation Area.

Pro Division Results

Kirk Wyman from Taswell, IN and Robert Raymer from Greenfield, IN teamed up at Bloomington to claim bragging rights and the top honors on Monroe Lake. They weighed 8.25 pounds to earn $1,500.00. They caught around 50 fish for the day.

“I like to longline,” offered Wyman. “I was catching doubles a lot while prefishing at all different depths. Problem was, they were small. I found some buck brush and pulled in there and flipped up a minnow and caught a good one. I released it and put a live shiner on and got a big female. We decided that was what we would do on tournament day. We caught our fish in the brush, but they were all big males, not the females we expected.”

“The most unusual thing of the day was all the catfish,” added Wyman. “I must have caught 15 or more 4- and 5-pound cats. I am not sponsored by B’n’M, but those rods were great pulling those catfish out of the buck brush time after time.”

“I want to thank our sponsors, Muddy Water Baits, Elite Rod Holders, Patoka Lake Boat and Marine, Nothead Tackle, Lucus Oil Golf Course, and Southern Pro Tackle,” said Wyman.

"Our team caught really good, quality of fish from Monroe Lake,” concluded Wyman. “We braved the rain and storms all day long. It continued to threaten, but it really depended on where you were. It did not seem to bother the bite."

Second place in the Pro Division went to Kris Mann and Terry Mann from Mt. Sterling KY. Their 8.23-pound bag of Monroe Lake crappie earned them $800. They fished from a Ranger boat and added the Ranger Cup bonus of $250.

“It was a blessed day,” said Kris. “We caught all our weigh-in fish in the Pine Grove area. All were caught using Crappie Magnets in Pumpkin Pie and Mermaid colors. We use the new Fin Commander Series Fin Spin and two-tone jigheads in orange/chartreuse.”

“We were fishing flooded buckbrush in 1-4 feet of water,” continued Kris. “Our B'n'M poles were instrumental in getting the fish out of the heavy cover.”

“God blessed us with a wonderful and safe day on the water. We'd like to thank Jeff Smith, owner of Leland's Lures and Jack Wells, owner of B'n'M Poles for the wonderful products and support.”

Bret Cunningham, Seymour, IN and David Wright, Columbus, IN took the third spot with 7.92 pounds. They also had the Big Fish of the tournament. The Monroe Lake slab weighed 2.23 pounds and earned them an additional $500 to go with the $500 for third place.

Cunningham and Wright spider rigged and vertical jigged orange/chartreuse jigs in shallow water to catch 25 fish for the day. Their winning big fish came on a Nothead feather jig.

Local angler Bill Egan from Bloomington teamed up with Ron Ritter from Bedford, IN to claim the fourth-place spot with 7.08 pounds.

Eagan and Ritter fished one pole all day in heavy brush. They were using orange/chartreuse jigs to catch 30 to 40 fish on the day and earn $250. They also won the Talon bonus of $250.00.

Amateur Division Results

First place in the Amateur Division went to Tony and Gretchen Sherrill from North Vernon, IN. Their weight of 8.49 pounds was heaviest of the tournament and earned them $900. They also earned a Ranger Cup Award of $250.

Tony and Gretchen vertical jigged to catch their winning weight. They were fishing heavy cover with orange/chartreuse jigs in 4-5 feet of water. They fished the Pine Grove area of the lake to catch a total of 15 crappie for the day.

Robert Williams from Ladoga, IN and Brad Jarvis from New Market, IN brought 6.45 pounds to the scales to claim second place and earn $500.00.

Williams and Jarvis began the day vertical jigging brush. They switched out later to pulling chartreuse crank baits. They fished the Middlefork area to boat more than 100 fish on tournament day.

Vertical fishing also paid dividends for Tony Williams, another local angler from Bloomington, Tony fished solo to catch and weigh 6.4 pounds and earn $400.

Tony fished Middlefork, using B’n’M poles to feed chartreuse jigs to the crappie. He was one poling in heavy cover to catch more than 30 fish for the day.

Rounding out the top four was Bruce Monroe from Yorktown, IN and Derek Byard from Noblesville, IN. They teamed up to bring 5.53 pounds to the scales and earn $400. Monroe and Byard fished the Pine Grove area of the lake. They were spider rigging live bait and orange/blue jigs to catch more than 100 fish on tournament day.


Darrell Van Vactor, CUSA Operations Manager, sent special thanks to the Perry Clear Creek Fire Department for hosting the seminar on Friday night. He also recognized some special guests at the weigh-in on Saturday. Larry Stephens, along with Ed and Dave came out to greet the anglers.

“Larry, Ed, and Dave were the crew that ran the Indiana region events for Crappie USA for almost 20 years before retiring,” said Van Vactor. “It sure was great to see them.”

The 2018 CUSA Classic will be held October 3 – 6, 2018 on Lake Cumberland at Somerset, KY. It will feature a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.

National Sponsors

National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Cabela's, Ranger Boats, Mercury, Mustad, B'n'M Poles, Humminbird Electronics, Gamma, Adventure Products EGO Nets, Minn Kota, J.R. Mad's Madgic Fish Breading, Big Bite Baits, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner, Driftmaster Rod Holders, World Fishing Network-WFN, Cumberland Crappie Double Seat Mounts, Church Tackle Company, Charlie Brewer's Slider Co., Crappie Now On-line Magazine, Talon Shallow Water Anchors, Humminbird/Lakemaster Maps, Sunsect Sunscreen & Insect Repellent, Digital EFX Wraps, Gill Rainwear, AWD Baits, Tentnology, Crappie Magnet, Jenko Fishing, Lake Cumberland Tourism, Extreme Bait Systems, Rigrap, and Bait 2 Go.


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